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NHL, NHLPA holding informal meetings

Sep 7, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

Fehr and Bettman AP

As rumored yesterday, the NHL and NHLPA are indeed holding informal meetings today in New York.

There’s no set agenda and no new proposals are expected to be presented, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, but at the very least, the lines of communication will be open.

The current CBA expires Sept. 15 (next Saturday), at which point the owners are expected to lock out the players.

  1. merchaholic - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    The owners are schizophrenia cases.

  2. 950003cups - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    With a very late season opener, looks like HBO won’t have enough footage to make 24/7.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      I’m ok with that. I’ve had my fill of Burke-related media for the past 5 years already.

  3. tmoore4075 - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Per Dan Rosen they have been meeting for 2 hours now and it’s still going on. Even if they are trying to figure out common ground that’s enough to get some proposals that they can agree on. Let’s hope.

  4. id4joey - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Ok! We’re at the foothill of a lock out and they are holding an informal meeting. What for ? And, what does it mean? Everyone is wearing a T shirt and jeans instead of a shirt and tie…..

    • tmoore4075 - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      To find common ground. No reason to hold formal negotiations until you can bridge the gap on the financials. Agree on a structure then negotiate off that.

  5. numbcracker2109 - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I have no sympathy for the owners. They allowed Bettman to over expand the league into markets that would never turn profits and now that those teams are floundering owners want the players to shoulder the burden. Easy solution? Move two teams to Canada and contract two others. The nhlpa won’t like losing 50 jobs, but you wouldn’t have a lockout every six years. If the league plays to its strengths it’ll be fine. It’s strengths? Cold weather, northern cities.

  6. id4joey - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    So, in the realm of negotiations they hold informal meetings to find common ground, and formal meetings to negotiate. I see. Were previous meetings this year between them formal or informal ?

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Hank with the photo bomb haha.

  8. shucrzy - Sep 7, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    I don’t care what they do just bring back my HOCKEY.

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